Mar 23 2015

‘I Just Know’: Why Correlation isn’t Causation – SciBabe

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Have you ever just gotten the wrong impression of a situation? We all have.

Ever seen millions of people all get the wrong impression of a situation at once? That’s the anti-vax movement. Those are the people who think GMOs are causing new allergies. Those are your anti-science movement.

There are a lot of places in life where we conflate correlation to mean causation. Why do we make that mistake? Life, unlike in the science lab, doesn’t present the option of reducing complex situations to a group of single variable controls.

When life is your laboratory, you have to pick apart the variables one at a time until you find one that works.

Source: ‘I Just Know’: Why Correlation isn’t Causation – SciBabe